Our Cardiff University Football Development Centre provides talented players in a variety of age groups the opportunity to develop through technical training sessions and matches throughout the season.

Cardiff & Vale County Schoolboys Football

Cardiff University Sport is pleased to announce it is continuing its partnership with Cardiff & Vale SFA, which provides an opportunity for players who are excelling in U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 and U15 age groups to join the Cardiff & Vale County squad.

Trial process

All prospective players will need to trial in June/July with Cardiff & Vale  SFA. Both the County squad and Cardiff University Football Development Centre squads will be selected from these trials.

Successful trialists

Players selected for the Development Centre squad will train at the facilities at the Cardiff University Sports Training Village. This programme, delivered over 25 weekly sessions, takes place between September and April.

Squad members will receive quality coaching by FA/FAW qualified coaches. The key focus for coaches is player development, concentrating on technical skills and tactical elements of play.


Fixtures between the Development Centre and Cardiff & Vale SFA squads take place during the season to allow all coaches and managers to assess players' development.

We also schedule in fixtures against other representative teams and academies, offering squad members high-quality competition and the opportunity to showcase their ability.

These fixtures are an additional opportunity to work on topics from weekly training sessions, with the importance being on player development over results.